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Status Delivered
Workspace Instana
Categories Other Tracers
Created by Guest
Created on Sep 14, 2023

OpenTelemetry Infrastructure correlation improvement

The customer is using the standard Otel protocol exporter (via http/grpc) and sends data to the instana agent on the host.

They can see the calls in the Instana UI but the problem is Infrastructure correlation. Here is on call example:

As you may see we mapped the call to the host and looking into the Endpoint it looks fine:

But this information is somehow not visible in the Service view:

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Nov 23, 2023

    There are 2 ways of OpenTelemetry Instrumentation for GoLang Apps.

  • Guest
    Nov 20, 2023

    Instana supports linking between spans/calls and entities based on OTel resource attributes.

    For OTel javascript auto-instrumentation, user needs to have an Instrumentation.js having resource detectors to support enough resource attributes. For example containerDetector is very key for the linking.
    Here is an example of Instrumentation.js in OTel official demo:

    /app $ cat Instrumentation.js
    // Copyright The OpenTelemetry Authors
    // SPDX-License-Identifier: Apache-2.0

    const opentelemetry = require('@opentelemetry/sdk-node');
    const { getNodeAutoInstrumentations } = require('@opentelemetry/auto-instrumentations-node');
    const { OTLPTraceExporter } = require('@opentelemetry/exporter-trace-otlp-grpc');
    const { OTLPMetricExporter } = require('@opentelemetry/exporter-metrics-otlp-grpc');
    const { PeriodicExportingMetricReader } = require('@opentelemetry/sdk-metrics');
    const { alibabaCloudEcsDetector } = require('@opentelemetry/resource-detector-alibaba-cloud');
    const { awsEc2Detector, awsEksDetector } = require('@opentelemetry/resource-detector-aws');
    const { containerDetector } = require('@opentelemetry/resource-detector-container');
    const { gcpDetector } = require('@opentelemetry/resource-detector-gcp');
    const { envDetector, hostDetector, osDetector, processDetector } = require('@opentelemetry/resources');

    const sdk = new opentelemetry.NodeSDK({
    traceExporter: new OTLPTraceExporter(),
    instrumentations: [getNodeAutoInstrumentations()],
    metricReader: new PeriodicExportingMetricReader({
    exporter: new OTLPMetricExporter(),
    resourceDetectors: [


    For more resource detector related information, please refer to

    1 reply
  • Guest
    Nov 15, 2023

    This functionality was delivered via an update to the OpenTelemetry Sensor, v1.0.16

    1 reply
  • Guest
    Nov 14, 2023

    The problem in this ticket was found on Jul 16-17.
    It is fixed now for this kind of scenarios. The service can be mapped to the infrastructure - host. In this particular scenario, not only mapping to the host, but also to the container, pod, and node.

    1 reply
  • Guest
    Nov 13, 2023

    We are looking into this to determine why the entity correlation is working on the host dashboard but not within infrastructure perspectives